Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community

Inside/Out Symposium Aug. 23Our Inside/Out: Convergences of practice and community. The afternoon will feature two discussions—“Intersections: Art Practice in Convergent Communities” and “Lessons Learned: A Survival Guide to Establishing an Artist Run Centre”—with panelists and moderators from throughout the Lower Mainland, including Lakshmi Gill, Cease Wyss, Hank Bull, Heidi Nagtegaal, Aaron Moran, and Harbhajan Gill!
SOFIA/c is grateful for financial support from the City of Surrey’s 2013/14 Cultural Grant Program, and to the Surrey Public Library for sponsorship on the space.

About the panelists

Lakshmi Gill, born in Manila (Punjabi/Spanish-Filipina), attended Western Washington University (B.A.), University of British Columbia (M.A.), Mt. Allison University (B.Ed.), University of New Brunswick, Fredericton (Ph.D. studies), and taught in Canada, Hong Kong, and England. Her work includes Returning the Empties: New and Selected Poems: 1960s to 1990s, The Third Infinitive (a novel), Novena to St. Jude Thaddeus, and she has published in anthologies in North America and India, and literary magazines in Canada, USA, Ireland, Australia, India, Hong Kong, Macau, and the Philippines. Along with Dorothy Livesay, one of the only two women amongst the founders of the League of Canadian Poets in 1966; current member of The Writers Union of Canada.

Cora Li-Leger is a visual artist and registered art therapist who has lived in Surrey for 27 years.  Her recent art practice involves drawing and book-making.  Her art therapy practice is currently limited to working with the elderly in complex care.  Cora is a founding member of Day of Drawing initiative and artist collective.  Also serving as a member of the Surrey Cultural Development Advisory Committee, Cora has been very actively involved with the City to develop a new space for contemporary art in South Surrey.

Don Li Leger’s career as a visual artist spans four decades.  His paintings have been exhibited throughout North America; and etchings, monoprints, and reproductions of his art are widely available as fine-art prints and posters. Most recently, Don’s interest has turned to videography and film making.  In support of and collaboration with his close friend Zheng Shengtian (curator and managing editor of Yishu journal), Don has helped to collect and archive material documenting the most well-known contemporary artists of China, as well as contributing to projects in Beijing and New York.  Don works from his home studio in South Surrey, BC, where he lives with his wife Cora.  Together they have been working closely with the City of Surrey towards the development of a new space for contemporary art in their community.

Cease Wyss is a hip, urban Aboriginal single mother, multidisciplinary and video artist and community leader.

Through sculpture, painting, print, and installation, Aaron Moran is interested in exploring themes of development and space. He received his Bachelor of Fine Arts from Emily Carr University of Art + Design in 2007, and is currently pursuing his Master of Fine Arts at the University of Windsor. He has exhibited his sculptures throughout Vancouver, as well as within the United States (San Francisco, Dallas, Boston) and abroad (London, Madrid, Barcelona).

Born in 1949, Hank Bull traveled to Europe in 1968, studied under Robert Markle and Nobuo Kubota at the New School of Art in Toronto, and joined Vancouver’s Western Front in 1973. A multi-faceted artist, he is recognized as an innovator in radio, telecommunications, performance and social practices. As curator, administrator and advocate, he has participated in the development of artist-run culture in Canada and abroad and produced numerous international projects. In 1999 he co-founded Centre A, the Vancouver International Centre for Contemporary Asian Art. His personal art practice takes place at the intersection of painting, performance, video and sound. His work has been included in the Venice Biennale and Documenta and is present in the collections of the National Gallery of Canada, the New York Museum of Modern Art and other institutions.

Heidi Nagtegaal is an artist, writer and facilitator living in Vancouver, BC. After recieving her BFA from ECUAD in 2005, Nagtegaal has gone on to found local arts initiatives such as The Hammock Residency and Headbands and Bracelets. She has recently exhibited in the Tate Modern (London, UK) for the No Soul For Sale: A Festival of Independents, with the Western Front, Äkkigalleria (Jyväskylä, Finland), Vancouver Art Gallery, Burnaby Art Gallery, Richmond Art Gallery, CSA, Signal and Noise, and portable gallery spaces worldwide.

Harbhajan Gill is the President of the Komagata Maru Heritage Foundation, and a member of the Anniversaries of Change Steering Committee,Vice President of PCHC-Museum of Migration. The mission of the KMHF is to capture the stories of the people who suffered on the Komagata Maru, to educate future generations about the importance of this incident to our society, and to promote Indian culture in Canada. The KMHF has organized annual dinners and walks to commemorate the anniversary of the Komagata Maru incident. Mr.Gill has been active in getting the recognition for Komagata Maru passengers through Stamp Release on the 100th Anniversary of Komagata Maru and is pursuing the Canadian Government to apologize for this tragedy in the House of Commons.

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